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The City of Naples Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 23, 2012

Watering Restrictions for The City of Naples as of July 10, 2012 are as follows:

The South Florida Water Management District has ordered Phase I Water Restriction schedule to begin on November 18, 2011. This schedule should be followed until further notice.

Odd Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Even Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Irrigation System Maintenance:
(cleaning, adjusting, repairing)

New irrigation systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone on a 1- time basis. Existing systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone per week.

New Lawn & Landscape:
(in place less than 30 days)

5 days each week: Monday through Friday: 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation. Low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle allowed any time for the first 30 days.

Reclaimed Water:

Irrigation using 100% reclaimed or supplemented reclaimed water is allowed from before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., any day of the week.

Other Outdoor Uses:

Car and boat washing. Nonporous surfaces; sidewalks and driveways. Exterior home surfaces and roofs. Allowed any time with use of low-volume pressure cleaning equipment and/or water hose. Water hose shall be equipped with an automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

For more information follow the link: http://www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=375

City of Marco Island Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 20, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Marco Island is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Landscaping Irrigation-Established:
Odd numbered addresses
3 days each week; Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; 12:01 am to 8:00 am for irrigation systems

Even numbered addresses:
3 days each week; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Landscaping Irrigation–New (in place less than 90 days):
All addresses 5 days each week; Monday through Friday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Irrigation System Maintenance :
Existing systems –
10 minutes per zone per week; person must be present in zone and working on the system during each such operation

New systems-
30 minutes per zone, one time only; person must be present in zone and working on the
system during such operation

Pesticide, Fungicide, Herbicide, Fertilizer Application:
All addresses. Application shall be coordinated with the scheduled day/time for landscaping irrigation; if applied outside of the allowed hours, and “watering in” is specified by the manufacturer of the applied material, a licensed application technician must be on the premises

Other Outdoor Water Uses:
All other outdoor water uses Other outdoor water uses, including low volume hand watering, car, truck,and boat washing and the washing of exterior home surfaces and roofs, shall be allowed anytime with the use of low volume pressure cleaning equipment, low volume mobile equipment washing and/or water hose equipped with an automatic self-canceling or automatic shutoff nozzle; in all cases, the water used must drain to a pervious surface or to a water recycling/reuse system

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7463

City of Fort Myers Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 18, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 Fort Myers Water Restrictions are as follows:

Landscape Irrigation Water Restriction for the City of Fort Myers

Approved Watering Days:
Odd numbered addresses (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) – Wednesday and Saturday
Even numbered addresses (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) or no address – Thursday and Sunday

Approved Watering Times:
Midnight to 10:00 A.M. OR
4:00 P.M. to Midnight

No Watering is allowed:
Any day between 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. and
never on Monday, Tuesday and Friday

For additional information please go to the Water Shortage Watch website

You may report violations to:
City of Fort Myers Code Enforcement, Monday-Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
(239) 321-7940

All other times:
Fort Myers Police Department
Non-emergency phone number (239) 321-7700

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityftmyers.com/Departments/PublicWorks/Divisions/WaterTreatmentPlant/WaterRestrictions/tabid/465/Default.aspx

Delivering Water To Your Plants With Drip Irrigation Emitters

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 17, 2012

An emitter is an element of a drip irrigation system that transfers water from the water source to the plant, tree or shrub it is intended to water. Emitters have also been referred to as drippers since they apply water to the landscaping through a slow steady drip to the landscape roots.

There are three types of emitters:
1. High Flow Emitters – intended to water larger trees and shrubs. They yield an average output of 5 gallons per hour.
2. Medium Flow Emitters – intended for plants and shrubs @ 24″ wide. They yield an average output of 2 gallons per hour.
3. Low Flow Emitters – intended for small starter plants, shrubs and flowers. They yield an average output of 1 gallon per hour.

Emitters are installed into 1/4″ – 1/2″ tubing called drip line. The tubing is punctured and the emitter is installed into the tubing with an insertion tool. Emitters come as open flow emitters, fixed flow emitters or variable flow emitters. Having emitters that regulate the volume of water applied as well as the type of water flow will help you water your roses differently then your Queen Palm.

We would be happy to help you design and install a drip irrigation system using flow emitters for you.

Charlotte County Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 16, 2012

Watering restriction for Charlotte County Utilities as if July 10th,2012

Current Water Restrictions

While tropical storm Debby provided increased rainfall to the region, it was not enough to fully recover from drought conditions.

Phase I water shortage has been extended through December 31, 2012.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted on June 27, 2012 to extend Phase I water shortage restrictions for Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties.

However, some local governments, such as Sarasota County, have stricter local ordinances limiting watering to one day per week. Residents should check with their local government or utility.

WHAT DOES “PHASE I” MEAN TO YOU?

A “Phase I” restriction declaration means that conditions are below normal and warrant alerting the general public and ordering water utilities and other water users to review and implement procedures as a means of preparing for possible additional actions.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

Reduce indoor water use on a voluntary basis.
Test and repair or adjust each irrigation system to address broken pipes and other leaks, damaged or tilted sprinkler heads, and other sources of water waste.
Continue to follow Charlotte County’s water restrictions below:
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
Unless your local government or utility has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns and Plants (30 / 30)

New lawns and plants have a 30 day establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days. After the day of installation, unless low volume irrigation is used, new lawns and plants may only be watered before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

For more information follow this link: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/ccu/Restrictions.asp

City of Cape Coral Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 13, 2012

As of July 20, 2012 the City of Cape Coral is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Cape Coral Year-Round Watering Schedule

All residents in Cape Coral are allowed to water two days each week regardless of the source for the irrigation water. If you use the City’s dual-water system or a private well, you must follow the two-day watering schedule. See the schedule below for your days and times.

The “address” is the last number of your “house” address. For example, if your address is 1926 SW 15th Avenue, the “6” in 1926 is the guiding number.

Here is the two-day schedule that is in effect for all of Cape Coral:

Monday and Friday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 0

Monday and Friday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 1

Wednesday and Saturday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 3 and 5

Wednesday and Saturday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 7 and 9

Thursday and Sunday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 2 and 4

Thursday and Sunday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 6 and 8

Properties or developments up to and including five acres in size with irrigation systems that must irrigate multiple properties with different watering times will be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to duplexes, multi-family units, compound use and mixed use units.

Properties or developments more than five acres in size with irrigation systems that simultaneously irrigate multiple properties with different watering times shall be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to multi-family, compound-use and mixed-use units.

Other watering restrictions:

Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45 day establishment period shall be permitted on any day of the week from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

The following uses of irrigation water are permitted at any time:

(1) Required watering in of lawn chemicals.

(2) Pressure washing, car, truck or trailer washing, boat washing, and flushing boat motors after salt water use.

(3) Hand watering using low volume irrigation methods.

(4) Water use for cleaning, adjusting, and repair of irrigation systems provided that an attendant is on site and for not more than ten minutes per week for the entire irrigation sy’tem (if the irrigation system is not divided into areas or “zones”) or for not more than ten minutes per area or “zone” per week (if the irrigation system is divided into areas or “zones”).

(5) Irrigation integral to an ongoing business enterprise, such as a golf course (greens, tees and fairways only), a nursery or agricultural operations, is permitted to the extent necessary to reasonably meet the business’s minimum agronomic needs and for freeze or heat damage protection.

For more information follow the link: http://www.capecoral.net/Government/UtilitiesHomePage/WateringSchedule/tabid/1657/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Bonita Springs Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 11, 2012

As of July 10th the Bonita Springs irrigation watering restrictions are as follows:

As of January 15 water restrictions are in place. Bonita Springs and Estero residents will be allowed to water only one day a week. Set your landscape sprinklers according to the schedule below

For properties smaller than 5 acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
5 or 6, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.

For properties more than five acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
5 or 6, without a numbered street address, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 12 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.

Penalties
In unincorporated Lee County: $25 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail for a third or more.

REPORT VIOLATIONS
If you suspect a watering violation call:
Unincorporated Lee County: 274-2547
Bonita Springs: 477-1234

For more information follow this link:

http://lifeinbonitasprings.com/bonita-springs-water-restriction-schedule/

Designing a Drip Irrigation System That Works For You

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 10, 2012

A drip irrigation system is different than a traditional irrigation system in that a traditional sprinkler system delivers large amounts of water is a stream or spray through rotor heads and spray heads. Drip irrigation uses a series of tubing, bubblers and emitters that drip water slowly to the roots. A traditional and a drip irrigation system can be combined.

Drip irrigation systems are meant to water landscape beds, gardens, containers and trees. It’s often referred to as spot watering because it allows for water to be applied to a specific tree, plant or group of shrubs at ground or container level.

When designing a drip irrigation system you have to take into consideration the size of the trees, plants and shrubs you are intending to water as well as the spacing of these elements. Large trees and plants will need more water then small shrubs and closely planted elements will need a different type of water distributor as opposed to a single tree.

Drip applications include tubing with emitters, microbubblers, microsprays and soft misters. We recommend that you contract an experienced drip irrigation installer for the optimum drip irrigation system design. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is one of the best drip irrigation designers in the industry. Contact us for a quote today.

The Importance Of A Rain Sensor

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 6, 2012

A rain sensor is an important addition to sprinkler system. A rain sensor detects when it rains and tells your automatic timer to turn your irrigation system off. It’s an important element in helping with water conservation since it eliminates unnecessary watering cycles by your sprinkler. A rain sensor should be mounted upright in an unobstructed area. It does you no good to have a rain sensor that cannot collect water. Collecting water is the only way it will know to shut your sprinklers off. Some common areas for mounting a rain sensor are on your roof, wall, fence, we even have optional mounting kits that allows us to put them on your rain gutters. A rain sensor should know within 30 sec – 3 minutes upon receiving moisture whether it needs to shut your system off. If it does not you need to call a professional irrigation technician to see if your rain sensor is working correctly. We prefer to use a Hunter Rain Clik Rain Sensor. It doesn’t even need to “collect” water to tell the system to shut off, it just needs to “sense” it. It’s the most efficient rain sensor on the market and carries a 5 year warranty. Do you need a rain sensor? 239-772-2607 or fill out a request for quote today.

The History of Drip Irrigation

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 5, 2012

Drip irrigation dates back to the 1800’s in Afganistan where the farmers used it to water their clay pots. Germany, Australia and Israel made more contributions to the evolution of the drip irrigation systems.

Drip irrigation is an alternative to traditional surface irrigation. It’s popular because it conserves water, reduces evaporation and water drainage and provides precise water application through emitters, bubblers and tubing that drip slowly to plant roots. Traditional irrigation system use sprinkler heads that mist and spray water. Drip Irrigation is also known as trickle irrigation, micro irrigation, localized irrigation and spot watering.

The ideal scenarios to use drip irrigation are localized ground cover, landscape beds, vegetable gardens, rose gardens, container watering and flower boxes.

R & R Sprinkler specializes in the installation of drip irrigation systems. Let us give you a quote today.